Accelerating impact and public good from research


Bio: James’ manages the ONS Secure Research Service impact team, tracking and reporting the public good of research. Before this, James work in the world of elite tennis, using innovative technology to research athlete performance.

Bio: UK Data Service Director of Impact

Bio: Mary leads the Research Programme on the Public Good of Statistics in the Office for Statistics Regulation. Before this, she worked in academia, carrying out research and lecturing in Psychology.

Nick O'Donnell,

Bio: "Rob is CLOSER’s knowledge mobiliser. He raises the profile of longitudinal population studies, data and research within government and parliament and feeds evidence into policy and decision making. In May 2020, Rob took on an additional role as Head of the CLOSER COVID-19 Taskforce and is the architect of the COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub. In February 2021, Rob was awarded a CAPE Policy Fellowship in the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit to support the implementation of the 2017-19 Liaison Committee’s report recommendations on the use of research evidence in Parliament. This includes working with Select Committees on developing Areas of Research Interests (ARIs) and considering how to develop more systematic structures of cooperation between parliament and research institutions. Prior to taking up the position at CLOSER in 2016, Rob worked in and around government and parliament, including the Ministry of Agriculture, House of Lords, and Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman."

This panel session brings together members of the civil service and statistics community to discuss their experiences of working with Government; Academia and public; private and third sector organisations to support and promote their research which benefits the economy and society.With expertise covering the full lifecycle of research using linked administrative; business and survey data; this panel will cover topics including the understanding public good; the importance of qualitative and quantitative impact; supporting early career researchers and engaging with policy makers and government.Panel members:Nick O'Donnell; Head of Secure Research Service Policy; Operations; Relations and Impact; Office for National StatisticsMary Cowan; Research Specialist; Office for Statistics RegulationRob Davies; UCL and Head of the COVID-19 Taskforce; CLOSERNeil Dymond-Green; Service Director; Impact; UK Data ServiceChair: James Spurr; Senior Impact Manager; Office for National Statistics